Tom Dumoulin must also turn his participation in the Vuelta a España out of his mind. Team Sunweb leader still suffers from a knee injury, a team spokesman confirms to the AD .

In the first week of the Giro d'Italia, 28-year-old Dumoulin was injured in the knee due to a hard fall. The Limburger had to leave the Tour of Italy and was not fit enough to participate in the Tour de France last month.

Team Sunweb had some hope that Dumoulin could be at the start of the Tour of Spain at the end of August, but he has not recovered sufficiently from his knee injury. At the beginning of July it was already known that Dumoulin was not allowed to perform intensive training work due to a tendon infection.

The 74th edition of the Tour of Spain starts on Saturday 24 August with a flat team time trial. The last big round of the year ends on Sunday 15 September with a flat trip to Madrid.